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Venoms: Sources, Toxicity and Therapeutic Uses $280.00
Editors: Jonas Gjersoe and Simen Hundstad
Book Description:
Venom is any of a variety of toxins used by certain types of animals. Venom and toxins derived from fishes, amphibians and reptiles have always held an intense interest to biologists. This book examines the past and current literature on this topic and also presents ideas for further exploration and research in this fascinating area of toxinology. Furthermore, bee venom is used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of diseases. In recent years, it has been reported that the venom, and especially one of its major constituent's melittin, possess anticancer properties. This book explores the cytotoxicity of whole bee venom, as well as melittin towards different types of tumor cells. Other chapters in this book examine the different methods of collecting scorpion venom, which is known to be a rich source of neurotoxic proteins and peptides that specifically target different ion channels. An analysis of the specific immunonotherapy with hymenoptera venom, that has proven to be an effective treatment against certain allergic reactions, is examined as well. The composition and possible functions of the venom of the social vespids, belonging to three subfamilies Vespinae, Polistinae and Stenogastrinae, are also analyzed and discussed.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Insights on Perspectives of Hymenoptera Venom Immunotherapy
(C. Ervin Mingomataj, Alketa Bakiri, “Mother Theresa” School of Medicine, Dept. of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Tirana, Albania, and others) pp. 1-28

Chapter 2. The Several Functions of the Venom of Social Vespidae
(Stefano Turillazzi, Claudia Bruschini, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Mass Spectrometry Center (C.I.S.M.), University of Florence, Italy) pp. 29-53

Chapter 3. Emerging and Undervalued Types of Three-Fingered Toxins
(Alexey V. Osipov, Victor I. Tsetlin, Yuri N. Utkin, Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia) pp. 55-75

Chapter 4. Snake Venoms – A Perspective for Development of Drugs against Microbes
(Luiz Felipe Domingues Passero, Karina Pires de Sousa, São Paulo University, Medical School, São Paulo, Brasil, and others) pp. 77-95

Chapter 5. Venom Biology of the Lower Vertebrates: Past, Present, and Future Research on Venom and Toxins from Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles
(Randy L. Powell, Department of Biological and Health Sciences (MSC 158), Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas, USA) pp. 97-112

Chapter 6. Bee Venom and Melittin from Apis Mellifera Display Cytotoxicity towards Different Types of Tumor and Non-tumor Cell Lines
(Goran Gajski, Tamara Čimbora-Zovko, Maja Osmak, Vera Garaj-Vrhovac, Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Mutagenesis Unit, Zagreb, Croatia, and others) pp. 113-133

Chapter 7. The Several Functions of the Venom of Social Wasps
(Stefano Turillazzi and Claudia Bruschini, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Mass Spectrometry Center (C.I.S.M.), University of Florence, Italy) pp. 135-159

Chapter 8. Cellular Effect and Biotechnology Application of Low Weight Molecular Compounds of Latrodectus sp
(Jorge Parodi, Ataulfo Martinez-Torres, Ricardo Miledi, Fernando Romero, Laboratorio de Neurociencias-CEBIOR, Departamento de Ciencias Preclínicas, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile, and others) pp. 161-176

Chapter 9. Clinical Management of Patients Suffering from Hymenoptera Venom Allergy
(Stefan Wohrl, Wolfgang Hemmer, Medical University of Vienna, Department of Dermatology, Vienna, Austria, and others) pp. 177-195

Chapter 10. Immunologic Cross-Reactivity of Hymenoptera Venoms Allergens
(Wolfgang Hemmer, PhD; Stefan Wöhrl, MD, MSc, FAZ – Floridsdorf Allergy Center, Franz Jonas Platz, Vienna Austria) pp. 197-225

Chapter 11. Direct Electric Current from Low Voltage for the Inactivation of Venom Enzymes: May this be a Future Direction?
(Isabella Panfoli, Daniela Calzia, Silvia Ravera, Department of Biology, University of Genoa, Genova, Italy) pp. 227-235

Chapter 12. Different Methods of Collecting Scorpion Venom
(J. L. du Plessis, L. H. du Plessis, School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, and others) pp. 231-245

Chapter 13. Commentary
(Luiz Felipe Domingues Passero, Aléxis de Sá Ribeiro do Bonfim de Melo, Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and others) pp. 247-248


      Medicine and Biology Research Developments (Series Editor - Tsisana Shartava, M.D. - Tbilisi, Georgia)
   Binding: ebook
   Pub. Date: 2010
   Pages: 268 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-61324-024-3
   Status: AV
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